This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ocala/Marion County VCB. All opinions are 100% mine.
One of the best parts about fall time in Florida, besides a slight reprieve from the summertime heat, is the beginning of carnival season. October is the perfect time to check out Ocala/Marion County Lodging and Ocala/Marion County Activities! Keep reading for our picks:
The Marion County Fair in Ocala as it falls right in the heart of Halloween week, starting on Oct. 27 and running through Nov. 5. That means this year’s fair will have a distinctly Halloween theme to it with a homemade costume contest and Dia De Los Muertos parade. Along with the typical carnival midway full of food and games, fairgoers can pick up a pumpkin from the farmer’s market or check out other family-friendly attractions like tractor rides and livestock shows. My family loves the bacchanalia of a county fair with all the sights, sounds and, of course, the smells of fresh fried doughy confections.
This year’s fair will also feature concerts from Lucas Hoge (27th) and Stephanie Quayle (28th). Hoge is best known for his chart-topping debut album, “Dirty South.” Admission is just $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Kids under 2 are free. Click here for more information and the events schedule.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Halloween without something spooky. After the sun sets on Oct. 28, check out the Haunted Trail through the Fort King Historic Monument. The free event will feature treats and candy for kids. Afterwards, stick around for the outdoor screening of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” on the huge outdoor screen. If a turbocharged sort of celebration is more your style, Castro Farms in Ocala will again be hosting the annual Pumpkin Run Car Show and Festival on Oct. 27 through the 29. gates open at 8 a.m. Check out an array of monster trucks, tricked-out Jeeps, classic muscle cars and exotic imports. This event is great for those who like to show off their –or just admire others’ — mean machines, many of which have been painstakingly restored to their original beauty and beyond. After you’ve had your fill of horsepower, take in one of their many shows including high-flying, frisbee catching dogs and motocross stunt shows.
Kids can ride ponies, jump in bounce houses, or wander through the hay maze. When you are done, don’t forget to check out the pumpkin patch to pick out your pumpkin. You can even decorate it on site.
Admission to the event is $15 for adults and $5 for children. Discounts are available to military personnel with valid ID. So if you are looking for some big fun with a small-town feel this fall, check out Ocala and Marion County. It’s a great Florida Travel option!
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